Summary and first impressions
The GXR system has sometimes caused some head-scratching, in the dpreview office as well as the broader photographic community. The idea of mating and optimising combinations of lens, sensor and processor is not without its benefits (and the idea of being able to slot-in a selection of modules is rather fun), but the idea of having to replace all your modules each time sensor technology improves always sounds more expensive than replacing a conventional camera body.
However, with the addition of the M-mount module, it suddenly makes an odd sort of sense (for those people willing to manual focus). The manual focus options are pretty well handled, the interface is generally rather enjoyable to use and the build/feel of the system are unusually high, by modern standards. A niche product it may be, but arguably no more so than the much lusted-after Fujifilm X100. Yes, it ends up a more expensive means of using classic lenses than buying a Micro Four Thirds or Sony NEX body but our first impressions are that it's a solid, rather enjoyable alternative.
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Ricoh GXR Mount A12 Preview Samples
With thanks to David Edelstein for the loan of his 50mm F/2 Summicron-M